K2 2004 - 50 years later
K2 South: A night at Camp III: We have reached 7350 meters.
The climbers will sleep at camp III tonight. Due to bad weather, operations
have slowed down and the set up phase of the large tent, South Col at over
7500 meters will be stalled by one day
Base Camp on K2 South side: “We are pretty tired and this
morning’s high winds have erased our path in the snow above us.” This is the
voice of Stefano Zavka in radio contact at 1400 hours, whose voice betrays the
tiredness caused by the above 7000 meter altitude.
Accompanied by Karl Unterkircher, Tarcisio Bello, Walter
Nones, Pierangelo Maurizio and Paolo Confortola, Stefano has just in the past
few minutes reached the tent at Camp III which was placed at 7350 meters a few
days ago. The team’s objective is to move the tent to a higher altitude,
above 7500 meters.
“We have already installed a small deposit tent which will
serve us in the transfer of equipment”, confirms Stefano. This morning’s bad
weather though has slowed the climb and the time needed for the transfer of
camp III is now a too tight. For this reason, the group, in agreement with
team leader Agostino Da Polenza, have decided to dealy the transfer operations
until tomorrow morning. The six climbers will sleep at camp III tonight and
tomorrow morning at dawn, they will take down the tent and relocate it higher
up the shoulder of K2 and then descend to camp 1.
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